Is A Facelift Right For You?

These days, more women (and men) than ever are considering having a facelift to either maintain their youthful looks or to simply turn back the clock. A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is certainly not a new procedure, however, modern innovations have put a new spin on the traditional operation. In the last 15 years or so, new techniques have changed how typical lifts are performed. Instead of simply tightening skin, they now also incorporate the removal of excess skin and fat, and correct the laxity of the skin surrounding the lower face and neck. If there ever was a great time to consider getting this done, that time would be now.

Am I A Good Candidate For This Surgery?

The best candidates for the procedure are people in their 40s through their 70s that are experiencing the discouraging signs of aging. These signs may include looking tired, even when you are well-rested, deep lines around the mouth and eyes, looseness of the neck and chin skin which may form what is known as “jowls,” and soft tissue and skin with almost no elasticity. However, in order for the skin to stretch properly during the procedure, there must still be at least a touch of elasticity in the skin.

Potential patients must also possess realistic expectations and a good general mental outlook. Though patients will definitely look markedly younger and smoother, they should not expect a complete change in appearance. Also, it should be noted that if a potential patient is only looking to fix a particular flaw, there may be minor surgeries which are more appropriate.

What Can I Expect?

The first thing to expect after you decide to get the operation is a detailed consultation with your surgeon of choice. The physician will tell you how you must prepare for the surgery, including what you should avoid eating and drinking to prevent the risk of excess bleeding. Most lifts last anywhere from four to five hours, so it is also important to keep that in mind. Your surgeon will also discuss your choices of anesthetics. Most people prefer a general anesthesia, though some are tough enough to proceed while under local anesthetics.


Post surgery, you will be led to a recovery room where you will be given ample pain medicines and monitored closely. You will have tubes placed under your skin to remove excess fluid and your face will be completely bandaged. These tubes may be removed after a few days and the bandages may be removed after a week. Though your face and ears will feel stiff, numb, and may even bruise, these sensations should be gone after two weeks. Your swelling will dissipate after approximately 10 days, and by then you should be able to return to work. However, most patients are able to get out of bed within 48 hours.

What The Average Risks?

First of all, you must remember that this is a major surgery, and all operations carry with them some risk. Since getting the procedure done is a personal decision, you will have to decide for yourself whether or not the risks are acceptable to you in order for you to choose the procedure.

Side effects are unusual, but the incidences that do occur typically involve fluid accumulation, scarring in an area that is noticeable, loss of hair at the incision areas (which may be temporary) and infections. Less common side effects include facial nerve injuries, skin discoloration, and pulmonary complications from anesthesia or infections.

What About The Results?

While you should never depend upon this procedure to become more beautiful, you can definitely count on looking more vital and refreshed. Ideally, you should look just like you always did, only younger. Choosing a well-respected surgeon that has been practicing for a long time will obviously increase the odds of your appearing natural and vibrant, as opposed to strange, or “operated on.” Most good surgeons also ensure that all scars are well-hidden in the hairline or under the chin. The only obvious difference you should see in the mirror is the appearance of a rested and relaxed being where there was no such person before.

In conclusion, getting a face lift gives you a vast advantage over having a plethora of other types of cosmetic procedures. That advantage is an improvement of the entire face, neck, and jawline with only one operation. If you feel that you may be a good candidate for this type of facial rejuvenation, set up a consultation with Aventura Plastic Surgery today to discuss your options.